If you’ve ever seen an episode of Star Trek and thought to yourself “Man I’d love to work on the Enterprise” then there’s probably good reason for that, are any of them actually working?
In the days of Yore, we had to work by farming for food, whereas nowadays a lot of us work for money which we concurrently spend on food. In the bold and bright future, everything is orange (the colour palette not the phone company) as Netflix’s brand new series Star Trek: Discovery, reminds us of Gene Roddenberry’s Utopian future. In his vision, the future will bring about an end to currency as machines create our food and presumably do all the menial tasks. So what do us humans do?
What drew me in was the opening scene between Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and First Officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) whilst on a mission. The relationship between the two seemed less like superior and inferior and more like teacher and student. In a world where ambition doesn’t lead to money but respect among peers, Burnham seemed to be waiting for a nod of approval before trying for her own captaincy.
This is furthered later on in the series when we meet Jason Isaac’s Captain Gabriel Lorca. One of his first lines regards his family’s history, once being cooks (or something of similar ilk) but now being no need for chiefs they went out of business, and as a result – instead of inheriting his family’s business – he is the captain of a brand new prototype ship.
Imagine if we made this fiction a reality, where people in power wanted to be there because they wanted to be the very best they could be, for the good of the people that their actions effect, especially in today’s climate.
Now I’m not saying we’re neanderthals, we’re actually a lot closer than you might think. Sure, we don’t have the fancy technology, or the space ships, or even made contact with the small furry creatures of Alpha Centauri (I might be getting my references mixed up) but technology is starting to reduce the amount of menial tasks that are done on a day-to-day basis, communication with billions of people is a reality and as a result, more people are able to do what they really want to do and strive to be good at it.
Don’t believe me, well look at what I’m doing, I can write silly blogs and stick them on a format for people to read (or not) and whilst I’m not getting any money to do it, I don’t have to jump unreachable hoops in order to make it so. I don’t need to have noble blood or a wealthy background, just the want and desire to strive to be good at something.
And it’s not like we need everyone to get on board this mindset either, as we see from the prisoners who appear in the third episode. There are always going to be people that take advantage of systems, governments and – as is well highlighted at the moment – people, and the sooner we can deal with them and allow the general population to be the best they can be, the sooner I get to go on a five year journey into space.